44 Olympians that Attended HBCUs

by Louis Bolling (guest author)

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The 2016 Olympics start this week on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in over ‎300 events in 28 sports. Notably, HBCU alum have represented the United States of America and many other countries, often excelling in Track & Field (such as Wilma Rudolph, pictured above). In recognition of the event, this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features a list of Olympians who attended HBCUs.

  1. Edwin Moses, Morehouse College

  2. Lenora Guion-Firmin, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

  3. David Oliver, Howard University

  4. Lee Calhoun, North Carolina Central University

  5. Jim Hines, Texas Southern University

  6. Amara Jones, Savannah State University

  7. Bon Hayes, Florida A&M University

  8. Lavonne Idlette, Florida A&M University

  9. Kellie Wells, Hampton University

  10. Francena McCorory, Hampton University

  11. Leford Green, Johnson C. Smith College

  12. Shermaine Williams, Johnson C. Smith University

  13. Michael Tinsley, Jackson State University

  14. Anaso Jododwana, Jackson State University

  15. Clive Terrelonge, Lincoln University

  16. Semoy Hackett, Lincoln University

  17. Chandra Sturrup, Norfolk State University

  18. Chris Brown, Norfolk State University

  19. Coach George Williams, St. Augustine’s University

  20. Ramon Gittens, St. Augustine’s University

  21. Dane Hyatt, St. Augustine’s University

  22. Josh Culbreath, Morgan State University

  23. Rochelle Stevens, Morgan State University

  24. Jack Pierce, Morgan State University

  25. Tubotein Taylor, Morgan State University

  26. Allison Randall, Morgan State University

  27. Mabel Walker Thorton, Tuskegee University

  28. Dr. Nell Jackson, Tuskegee University

  29. Theresa Manuel, Tuskegee University

  30. Alice Coachman, Tuskegee University

  31. Barbara Jean Jacket, Tuskegee University

  32. Wilma Rudolph, Tennessee State University

  33. Willye White, Tennessee State University

  34. Coach Ed Temple, Tennessee State University

  35. Ralph Boston, Tennessee State University

  36. Chandra Danette Cheeseborough, Tennessee State University

  37. Martha Hudson, Tennessee State University

  38. Edith Marie McGuire, Tennessee State University

  39. Wyomia Tyus, Tennessee State University

  40. Isabelle Daniels, Tennessee State University

  41. Barbara Pearl Jones, Tennessee State University

  42. Lucinda Williams Adams, Tennessee State University

  43. Madeline Manning Mims, Tennessee State University

  44. Mae Faggs, Tennessee State University

9 thoughts on “44 Olympians that Attended HBCUs

  1. Lavonne Idlette attended graduated from Hampton University as a undergraduate. Also, James Carter of Hampton University is not on this list. This gives Hampton four Olympians.

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  2. Lavonne Idlette attended graduated from Hampton University as an undergraduate. Also, James Carter of Hampton University is not on this list. This gives Hampton four Olympians.

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  3. Lavonne Idlette attended graduated from Hampton University as an undergraduate. Also, James Carter of Hampton University is not on this list. This gives Hampton four Olympians from the past. This year, the number increases to six with Brandon Jones and Yvette Lewis, also of Hampton University.

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  4. They left off Willie Davenport who won the Gold medal in the 1968 oympics in the 110 meter hurdles.
    He attended a HBCU in Baton Rouge, LA name Southern University. He was a great athlete.

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  5. Willie Davenport-Southern Gold medlaist in 1968, Rodney Milburn Gold Medalist in 1972, Audrey patterson Tyler Tennessee State silver Medlaist in 1948, Richard Stebbins-Grambling Gold Medalist 1964. I’ll try to think of more. Romalice Brown

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  6. Hello –

    There is one important name missing from this list of HCBU Olympians. It is that of Norvel Lee who won the Gold Medal as a light heavyweight boxer at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. He was also awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding boxer at the Olympics. He attended Howard University at the time.

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